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Rumblings and mishaps of a Strava and runDisney obsessed trail and road runner.


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Monthly Miles: March Recap

Considering I spent the first week of this month tapering and the second week recovering I’m happy with the amount of running miles I was able to log. From the 24th through the 30th I was able to log 70 miles running which is my highest weekly volume ever. The thing that suffered the most was my cycling due to a job change. Moving forward it looks like I will be logging significantly more running miles and less cycling miles.

Total Activities: 25
Total Miles: 231
Total Hours: 32
Cycling Miles: 33
Running Miles: 198
Racing Miles: 31

Races

Way Too Cool 50K

Strava Challenges Completed

Running

Strava Prove It 40K RunStrava Prove It 80K RunStrava Prove It 120K RunStrava Prove It 160K RunStrava Prove It 200K RunStrava Races 10KStrava Races 13.1Strava Goat Hill Segment Challenge


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Race Report: 2014 Way Too Cool

Way Too Cool 50K Logo

Last year at this race I was fighting piriformis issues and I tripped mid-race on a rock. This year I didn’t fare much better. My training was coming along nicely going into February and then I caught the flu which derailed me for a couple weeks. I missed out on running the Fort Ord 50K as a training race and I wasn’t able to get the miles in. Enough excuses, let’s get to what happened.

Even with the minimal training I thought I would have a shot at beating last year’s time if I ran smart. The plan was to go easier in the beginning so I could run more of the climbs which fall later in the race than I did last year. It was a sound theory but once the race started I apparently had forgotten about it. The first mile of this race is on the road and it is FAST. Everyone jockeys for position before the single track starts on the Olmstead Loop. Using Strava to compare my time on the first loop to last year, I accomplished my goal of going slower. By 5 seconds. Too fast!

Way Too Cool 50K Course Map

Way Too Cool 50K Course Map

After the Olmstead loop we headed down to Highway 49. While I was able to run it a little bit slower than last year (39 sec), I think I pushed it way too hard for the little amount of time I had spent on the trails lately. I have a feeling the pounding my legs took here would lead to them failing me later in the race.

Next up is a rolling fire road along the middle fork of the American River. I was able to run this section considerably slower, as planned. Around mile 13 I noticed my hamstrings were feeling particularly tight and was afraid they would blow up if I pushed too hard.

Running Along the American River

Around mile 17 is when you start the first real climb of the course. The climb is runnable for the most part but I had a problem. My hamstrings decided they had enough and were in quite a bit of pain. The lack of training time on the trails caught up to me. I decided to just cruise and or hike the next few miles to give them a rest and see if they would bounce back.

Way Too Cool 50K Elevation Profile

Way Too Cool 50K Elevation Profile

About mile 21 you reach the Auburn Lakes Trail (ALT) aid station. This signifies the top of the first climb and is the start of about 5 miles of very runnable trails. Too bad I still couldn’t run. It was heartbreaking to slowly jog this portion of the course.

Around the end of mile 26 lies the infamous Goat Hill. It is roughly a third of a mile long and you gain approximately 276 feet of elevation which equates to a 20% grade. This year Strava turned it into a segment challenge. Everyone who completed the segment challenge would be entered to randomly win some Strava prizes. I finished 101 out of 215 runners. Since I haven’t heard anything from Strava about prizes I’m going to assume I didn’t win.
Strava Segment ChallengeAt the top of Goat Hill is another aid station. After topping off my supplies I headed down the trail. Once again, this is a runnable section of the course and I was hobbled. It is mostly downhill with a few rolling sections thrown in. Somewhere in this section I ran into Bruce Cyra who I ran a large portion of this race with last year. I hopped into the group he was with for a little while before my hamstrings needed another break.

After reaching the Highway 49 crossing you’re treated to your final aid station before heading up the final climb. This climb isn’t that tough on its own but after suffering through 29 miles it can be a pain in the ass. Luckily after the climb you aren’t far from the finish line where your frog cupcake is waiting for you!

Way Too Cool Frog Cupcake

Mine Looks Kind of Sad This Year

I finished the race in 5:34:54. About 50 minutes slower than I did last year. Given the shape I was in I probably shouldn’t have expected more but if I had stuck to my more conservative plan I probably would have done better. Just a couple weeks later I’ve made huge gains in my fitness and I’m ready to tackle the next challenge.


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#LVKickOffNight – Rock ‘N’ Roll Las Vegas Kick Off Night Virtual Run

I’m not a fan of most virtual runs. You know, the ones where you go out and do a run and then someone mails you a medal for it. I don’t think there needs to be a reward for everything you do in life. The reward should be the great feeling you get after completing a run. With that said, I just did my first official virtual race. This one was a little different though.
Las Vegas Kick Off Night
The folks at Competitor created the Rock ‘N’ Roll Las Vegas Kick Off Night Virtual Run as a promotion for the Rock ‘N’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon and Half. You have between March 18th and April 2nd to sign up, run 5K, and submit proof of your run. In addition to the virtual run there are several hosted runs at various local running shops throughout the country. All the information is on their site.

So what do you get for doing the virtual run? What could cause someone who doesn’t believe in them to take part in one? A free shirt for the first 2,500 to submit their proof! Okay, that wasn’t my motivation. You are also entered to win an entry into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon and Half! If you’re interested in signing up, there’s still plenty of time.

Here’s my proof on Strava.
#LVKickOffNight Proof

 

UPDATE

The virtual medals are now available on Basno.

Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Kickoff Night Finisher Medal

Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Kickoff Night Participant Virtual Medal


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Inaugural Tinker Bell 10K Award

Tinker Bell 10K Logo

Earlier this year I ran the inaugural Tinker Bell 10K at Disneyland. It was far from my best race but it was good enough to place second in my age group. For the last two years during the Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend men have only been eligible to receive co-ed team awards. This weekend my award showed up in my mailbox. It was nice of runDisney to give us men a chance for additional hardware for the 10K.

Tinker Bell 10K Age Group Award


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Monthly Miles: February Recap

Last month I kicked off the year with a good start. I logged a decent amount of base mileage and I was starting to feel good running again. February was a different story. I started this month off with the flu! I was supposed to follow last year’s plan and use the Fort Ord 50K as a training run for the Way Too Cool 50K but two days before the race I was rocking a 102 degree temperature and it didn’t happen. I ended up losing two weeks of solid training which is going to hamper my performance at Way Too Cool later this week. Even with the set back I was able to log some decent mileage. Here’s how this month stacked up…

Total Activities: 25
Total Miles: 286
Total Hours: 28
Cycling Miles: 160
Running Miles: 125
Racing Miles: 0 (Too sick for the Fort Ord 50K)

Strava Challenges Completed

Running

Strava Prove It 40K RunStrava Prove It 80K RunStrava Prove It 120K RunStrava Prove It 160K RunStrava Prove It 200K RunStrava Races 10KStrava Races 13.1

Cycling

Strava Prove It 250K Ridden


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Monthly Miles: January Recap

In December I logged 90 combined cycling and running miles over 11 hours. November was even worse totaling 67 miles over 5 hours. For the first time in a long time I let outside influences derail my training. Now its time to pick up the pieces and rebuild. Its a new year and I have new goals to achieve. January has been dedicated to rebuilding fitness and losing weight. That means a lot of slowly run base miles and time in the saddle. I did throw in a couple races for fun.

Total Activities: 31
Total Miles: 256
Total Hours: 27
Cycling Miles: 110
Running Miles: 146
Racing Miles: 19.3

Races

Tinker Bell 10K
Tinker Bell Half Marathon

Strava Challenges Completed

Running

Strava Prove It 25K RunStrava Prove It 50K RunStrava Prove It 75K RunStrava Prove It 100K RunStrava Races 10KStrava Races 13.1

Cycling

Strava Prove It 150K Ridden


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Race Report: 2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon

2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon

2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon

Last year during the runDisney Dumbo Double Dare I had a hard time racing both the Disneyland 10K and the Disneyland Half Marathon. I knew going into the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend I was going to have to choose one to race and just coast the other one. Since men were able to win awards at the Tinker Bell 10K I chose that event as the one I would race and I would do the Tink Half for fun.

Once again I participated in the race as a team with my mother. This year we would be competing as team Motherboy not to be confused with the ’70s rock band Motherboy. Although we opted to leave our sailor suits at home and run in traditional running gear.

No sailor suits for team Motherboy this year.

No sailor suits for team Motherboy this year.

After an early wake up call, the race starts at 5 AM, I made my way down to the corrals. In the past men have had to start in C corral but this year we got to start in B. My goal for the day was to get to the Haunted Mansion as quickly as possible. During the 10K the Bride and Parasol Girl from the stretching portraits were out for photo ops and I raced by them. If they were out today I was going to stop.

Corral A was sent on their way promptly at 5:00. After about eight minutes corral B was was finally released onto the course. The first three miles were a blur of skirts and fairy wings as I tried to pass as many corral A runners as I could. Somehow amongst the flurry of fairy wings I spotted my former co-worker Jindy and offered a quick “hello”.   Even though this was a “fun run” I still wanted to beat as many people to the Haunted Mansion as I could. If the Bride and Parasol Girl were out again, there would be a line.

While cruising through Disney California Adventure I noticed that lines had already formed at most of the character stops. Most were about 15-20 fairies deep but the further I got into the race the shorter the lines were getting! I more or less ran in the mid to upper seven minute pace until I got out of DCA.

2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Course Map

2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Course Map

Upon entering Disneyland we were greeted by Turk and King Louie. There wasn’t a line for these guys but I couldn’t stop. Tink, Captain Hook, and Mr. Smee were stationed at the far end of Main Street. I opted to keep heading towards Sleeping Beauty’s castle.   

Waiting on the other side of the castle was Peter Pan and Wendy Darling. Up along the rails around the carousel were Pan’s men, the Lost Boys. I should have stopped for them but I was on a mission. We rounded our way through Fantasyland and past Pixie Hollow (no fairies once again) on our way to Tomorrowland! Darth Vader and a couple Storm Troopers stood guard there but there was a line for them so no stopping.

Next we ran past It’s A Small World before heading backstage where we passed the train yard and roundhouse and Circle D Ranch before dropping into Toon Town. From there we turned backstage once more behind the Storybook Canal where you could spy the boat house. After a quick run through the tube we were in Frontierland and closing in on my goal of reaching the Haunted Mansion.

I spotted Captain Jack Sparrow as we ran through New Orleans Square with two runners. This gave me hope that if the Bride and Parasol Girl were in front of the mansion the line would be short.

Finally I was there. The Haunted Mansion was in full sight but I didn’t see what I was looking for. I wasn’t worried yet since they were on the back side of the mansion for the 10K. Unfortunately they were not there either. What a let down. Eight more miles to go.

Feeling defeated  I cruised through Critter Country and Downtown Disney. My pace slowed to an eight minute mile. The ladies of the Red Hat Society were out starting at the Disneyland Hotel once more. Each year there are more and more of them out there to cheer on the runners.

Then it was time to “Shhhh” as we ran through sleeping residential Anaheim. This is hands down the most boring part of the course. The streets are long, dark, and silent. By this point I was bored and ready to be done with the race. Eventually we turned into Downtown Anaheim which was a nice change of scenery.

One of the reasons why I was so content just cruising this race was because my hamstrings were killing me. They were tight at the start and never loosened up. Finally around mile 9 they felt a little better. I stupidly picked up the pace a hair and by the middle of mile 10 I paid the price. Full knotting. I was reduced to a shuffle throwing down nine minute miles with periodic stops to stretch.

Around the 11 mile mark I had a racing first. I stopped at the medical tent to get some Biofreeze for my hammy. After several pumps of the jug I had enough in my hand to slather the offending leg. It was a huge relief but I kept my pace in check in order to keep a larger injury at bay.

The next few miles were uneventful and I just wanted this race over with. I finally crossed the finish line with a time of 1:48:39. Team Motherboy didn’t fare much better landing in 75th place in the co-ed division. Turns out mom had some medical issues herself that day, she’s fine. I grabbed my third fairy wing medal and headed back to the hotel for a much needed shower.

Tinker Bell Half and 10K Medals

Tinker Bell Half and 10K Medals

Oh, yeah! This little guy got his first medal of the year as well!

2014 runDisney Vinylmation

2014 runDisney Vinylmation

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